Local Plan moves to next stage of examination

Following the conclusion of the first two weeks of public hearings on the Kirklees Local Plan, Planning Inspector Katie Child, has written to us indicating that her examination of the Plan can now proceed to the next stages later this year.

The Inspector’s letter has been published on our website, and sets out areas where the council has been invited to provide further evidence and information following representations from interested parties attending the hearings.

Cllr Peter McBride, Lead Member for Economy & Infrastructure said:

“We have now concluded the first stage of the public examination hearings on our Local Plan, and are confident that we have been able to substantiate and agree many of the legal and technical issues required.

“We have been impressed by the level of representations from individuals and groups who have attended, and feel that the complex and probing questions and discussions our proposals have been subject to, should reassure all concerned of the robustness of the Inspector’s examination.

“There is further work to do now to provide responses to the matters raised, but this is entirely normal and we are pleased she has given us the green light to prepare for the later stages.”

What happens next in the local plan?

Stage two of the examination of the Local Plan dealing with Minerals and Waste will begin on Tuesday 14 November. A draft timetable for the hearings will shortly be published on the council website www.kirklees.gov.uk/localplan

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